Protein, Spices, and Goals

October 13, 2010

I have been a pretty busy bee lately. Besides making some bomb almond butter delivery vehicles (see above), I’ve been stepping my game up in the gym (with CrossFit AND personal training) and moving to the next level with my business. Both of which are reflecting in a positive way.

These fluffy wanna-be flap jacks are actually a hybrid. Katie and April both posted some high protein eggcakes (my new awesome name for them) and I lovingly used the recipes to create the magical cake above. Ok, so I didn’t really create anything special but my recipe included the following:

High Protein Eggcakes

  • egg whites
  • canned pumpkin
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • vanilla extract
  • pumpkin spice
  • stevia

I’m incredibly bad at actually measuring anything when “creating” or recreating a recipe so just use my method and throw things into a bowl and stir. Then scoop some batter onto a heated pan and cook. πŸ˜‰

Getting back from New Orleans, and the high volume of my business and new business partners (yay!!), has kind of messed up my exercise routine. Usually I have a completely rock solid routine each day- usually it’s always the same. Lately, since I’ve been so busy my days are flipped, I’m not sleeping as much (I’m excited!), and there just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes. But, I’m still doing CrossFit, with a few more days off than normal, filling in the gaps with runs, weights, or personal training (hi Nick!). Calories out… calories in…

5 points to whoever can name that bread-like roll…

Ready? Set? Go!!!!!

Ok, I totally lied, there are no points in this game but you can add as many as you want to your own score, anyway.

This spongy, fluffy, rolled mass is injera; an Ethiopian staple, eaten daily. Made out of teff flour and yeast-risen, it’s a completely unique type of bread, almost like a crepe.

Anyway, part of the boyfriend’s family owns a store that carries teff and injera- THANK YOU. Since we had injera, we had to make an Ethiopian dish to go with it.

Sauteed onions and chicken in a spiced tomato sauce is a typical Ethiopian dish to top injera. The special spice- the most amazing spice there is, in my opinion- makes this dish.

Any guesses on this one???

You can use this to top ANYTHING your little heart desires. My favorite: Eggs.

Berbere, the magical spice. Made of a spice mixture of chile peppers, ginger, cloves, coriander, allspice, rue berries, and ajwain.

Typically, an Ethiopian meal is served on top of the injera, and then eaten with your hands, scooping up the dish with pieces of the injera. We topped ours with a cabbage/yogurt salad and our berbere chicken.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm πŸ˜‰

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for today. I love everyone’s comments from yesterdaygreat comments, people! And one thing everyone seemed to touch on was writing down goals. This can be a powerful way to move your life toward your goals. Goal boards are great. Take a huge piece of paper, some markers, and get to drawing/writing out a plan of action for each day, week, month, whatever. Or make a poster of magazine cutouts of what you want to achieve. Place this in a visible spot in your house so you get to look at it every day.

This is sort of my November business plan breakdown… what I want to achieve and how I will get there- the tasks involved in making it happen.

Good luck with your goals!

What are you working towards?

Have you ever made a goal board or poster?

Ethiopian food? Ethnic foods? What’s your favorite???

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne October 17, 2010 at 5:33 AM

oh my gosh. love me some INDIAN FOOD! πŸ™‚ made way too much of it on my last trip home… round two is definitely coming up.
.-= Anne´s last blog ..Wild Turkey- Deep Gultch- and Moosewood! =-.

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Pure2raw twins October 14, 2010 at 7:29 AM

I have never had Ethiopian food, I want to though!!!

Everything looks delicious.

I hear ya not enough hours in the day…and workouts getting out of whack…the life of having your own business, haha….keep working hard, you are going to be great!!!

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Angela (the diet book junkie) October 14, 2010 at 2:59 AM

i’ve never had Ethiopian, but that dish definitely looks good! we tend to eat a lot of Thai, there just seems to be an abundant supply of restaurants over here. anything spicy is usually good with me!
.-= Angela (the diet book junkie)´s last blog ..can you be too ridiculously good looking =-.

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan October 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

“almond butter delivery vehicles” – haha, hell yes!
And injera & Ethiopian food! One of my favorite cuisines. I actually buy berbere in bulk! I have a misir watt (red lentils) recipe on my blog that’s pretty killer.
.-= Amber Shea @Almost Vegan´s last blog ..Rainbow rice and beans =-.

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Katie October 13, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I win!!! I guessed the injera and berbere correctly. Do I get cookies? πŸ˜‰

I love ethiopian. Unfortuantely, no restaurant here, so I’ve had to make my own, but it is pretty easy, like you say.

I think April actually made that same recipe with the pumpkin. Mine have been really flat, I wonder if the pumpkin plumps it up a bit?
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Hey- look over there! =-.

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Lauren @ WWoB October 13, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Duuddeee I just made injera yesterday!! So good! Maybe one day Ill get around to blogging it……
.-= Lauren @ WWoB´s last blog ..A peek inside my medicine cabinet… =-.

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Ela October 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Yum! Yes, I did recognize that injera. Teff is one of those pseudo-grains that really doesn’t seem to hurt me (and many other gluten-allergic people who don’t do well with any grains) although I’ve only ever eaten Ethiopian twice! I love how it’s kind of sourdough also.

I love all kinds of spices – love cayenne-type berbere-like mixes, love adore love cardamom, all kinds of chai, garam masala, etc etc etc…
Beautiful pics and food. And good thoughts.

Mentioned your inspiration in my blog today – still working toward figuring out how to be my best and how to make more time for my writing.

love
Ela
.-= Ela´s last blog ..A New Tasty Snack – Dried Tomatillos! Wrapping Things Up in Oregon – Some Impressions =-.

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yo yo mama October 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Could you please come make us some of these wonderful dishes!!! I’m begging here; I’m not too proud! Oh, and I have a goal board and a white board for weekly goals. And my skin has never been so good. Thank you for asking.

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Kelly Michelle October 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM

yum, lots of food. I make similar pancakes but add a tiny bit of oatmeal and a serving of protein powder to mine.

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